A few things that make snow backpacking dangerous
Before you head out, be aware of the risks. Here are the most basic concerns:
- Avalanches. Check the avalanche forecast in your area before heading out.
- Snow conceals dangers such as tree wells, very deep holes with streams, and crevasses that you can fall in.
- In cold and snowy conditions you are at greater risk of hypothermia, frost bite, and snow immersion suffocation.
- Trails, trail signs, and familiar landmarks are covered in snow increasing the risks of getting lost.
- Depending on where you are, there are fewer people in the wilderness to find you or help you if something goes wrong.
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